Sam Czerny’s career as a xenobiologist was relegated to studying strange life forms deep in the oceans.
Then a Chinese mining facility discovers an unusual artifact on the far side of the moon.
A device which could change the way humanity sees itself and its place in the galaxy. Sam finds himself on the project of his dreams only to get caught up in a sudden war between the US and China. A war that prevents the two governments from noticing an even more dangerous arrival.
“Imaginative science fiction based in hard science and realistically envisioned future geopolitics, No Higher Ground is a thriller with a wildly inventive reality. Surprising alliances and betrayals are set against stakes which reveal the war games we humans play are a mere footnote in the battles fought across the universe. An exciting debut.” – Nina Sadowsky, author of Just Fall and The Burial Society
This is as much a political thriller as a science-fiction novel. The science is a solid admixture of astrophysics, evolutionary biology and computer science. There is also a great deal of geopolitics (and exopolitics) and military science. All this knowledge is woven within a taught plot line that features vaping villains that look like updated Ian Fleming power-mad tycoons and unlikely self-sacrificing heroes. The plotting is fast-paced and the writing is brisk. The dialogue is very direct and natural. There are also some gnomic statements that indicate that the author has thought about the variegated issues his story raises. A very pleasant read, hard to put down. – W B Godzbog
This is a wonderful read. A sci-fi thriller/adventure that is intelligent, well-written, and thoroughly engrossing. Mr. Godzich touches on themes that are familiar yet does so in a truly original way and takes you an thrilling adventure from beginning to end. If you think you know where something is heading he surprises you with a novel twist or a completely new approach that makes perfect sense in relationship to the world that he has built. The plot to this story is well thought out and is complimented by characters that are unique individuals with their own personalities and motivations. – Robert Rabinowitz
Unadulterated science fiction-No Higher Ground is a fast paced and engaging adventure which takes characters and plot devices that might appear “stock,” such as the brilliant, ingenuous scientist and the entirely disingenuous politicians, and breathes new life into these contemporary archetypes. I found myself as taken with the characters as I was drawn in by the plot. Kudos to the author for including several strong, independent and intelligent women in his novel. – KLTPorter
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